The girl who laughed too much, too loud

January 4, 2007

Political barbaricness

Filed under: thoughts — elyseeteo @ 1:13 am

This holiday season albeit calls for a huge celebration for the new year 2007.

But also to some. The hanging of dictator, Saddam Hussein is also something worth celebrating for.

This makes me wonder if you remember some time back. Our nation, Singapore, was slammed for giving a death penalty to this Australian I mean, man (to be PC. =P), who, knowing full well the harsh punishment for drug offenders in Singapore, attempted to smuggle drugs in and out of our squeakily clean country.

This decision caused a big hoohaa and strained our relations with Australia itself. We were labelled “Barbaric”.


Australia abolished capital punishment in 1967, and it had urged Singapore to commute the sentence. The issue sparked demonstrations in the Australian capital Canberra, and Attorney General Philip Ruddock called the scheduled hanging “barbaric.”

They even went to the extent of threatening our relations:

“I have told the prime minister of Singapore that I believe it will have an effect on the relationship on a people-to-people, population-to-population basis,” Australian Prime Minister John Howard told Melbourne radio station 3AW shortly before Singapore confirmed the hanging, according to the AP.

Some went on about human rights:

“But Simon Rice, a lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney, said that Singapore was not a signatory to international human rights covenants.

[Nguyen’s] execution is a seriously tragic reminder of how far short we are of a global commitment to human rights,” Mr Rice told the BBC.

yadda yadda…

“No-one has the right to take the life of someone else,” John Karousos, a 66-year-old retiree in Sydney, told the BBC. “It doesn’t matter what he’s done or his mistakes. The death penalty is unacceptable.”

My question to dear John, the 66-year-old retiree in Sydney, or Simon, lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney. Why no noise made for the hanging of Saddam?

Since ‘no-one has the right to take the life of someone else’, who has the right to take away Saddam’s life like that?

Agreed that Saddam has directly/indirectly harmed lots of lives. Our dear Nguyen is not doing too shabby too, carrying heroin sufficient for up to 26,000 doses(as quoted from Mr Prime Minister), hence potentially damaging 26,000 lives.

I am not trying to compare the quantity of lives harmed. Or rather. If you kill 1 person, you are a murder. And killing 1,000,000 lives or killing 26,000 lives shouldn’t make a difference to the fact that you are a murderer. Why the difference in response pertaining to these 2 cases, Australia?

*cough* I digressed. Who cares who deserves to die (well, at least not now. and this is not my point of this post)?

The point is. Why does Australia has difference in terms of their response towards the same scenario-hanging of a human being? What about sticking to your human rights crap (human rights is not crap, its just the way some Australian are using it to attack others as and when they feel like it, makes me sick.)?

So. How come Saddam’s hanging can be tolerated.

Is it because Singapore, a less powerful nation, is a easy target? Hence the Australians are brave enough to stand up for their almighty and righteous beliefs–human rights.

When in face of the big and powerful USA, what happens?

Just one word.



Here are some more crap that some forummers wrote, if you have the time.

“i am a staunch opponent to capital punishment for a very simple reason: it is a violation of the most basic human right: the right to life.”

right. even saddam has(er..had) the right to live!

It saddens me to think that you feel this way about the death not of a drug dealer but of a human being. So he made a mistake who hasnt? Who has the authority or is given the right to choose whether who lives and dies. The death penalty is considered justice. But isnt justice just another excuse for murder?”

Yes dude. Justice murdered Saddam.


I am just upset that the politics is so tainted with each country’s selfish interest.


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